Colorado Springs City Council unanimously approved three new ordinances Tuesday that are aimed at more tightly regulating the local medical marijuana industry and the businesses that comprise it. The trio of resolutions (No. 17-848, No. 17-850 and No. 17-00018) came before council during its regular session at City Hall and...
The city of Colorado Springs will commit “economic suicide” if councilors approve a six-month moratorium on new or expanding medical marijuana grows and dispensary changes on second reading during next week’s City Council meeting, said a local attorney familiar with marijuana law. “It’s free money, but yet we have more...
More than 20 years ago, traveling from New Hampshire to California, Jason Wells stopped in Denver to visit a friend. As is the story for many transplants to Colorado, Wells fell in love with the state, the weather, the people, and says he’s “still visiting.” He earned his bachelor’s...
The El Paso County Board of Commissioners will decide Oct. 5 whether to renew the license of New Age Medical, a medical marijuana dispensary on the city’s far east side. That might seem like a simple process, but it’s anything but when the business has committed a violation. For instance,...
City to form task force Ordinance 15-79 passed a second reading by Colorado Springs City Council Tuesday. Via a 6-3 vote, the new law will place a six-month moratorium on the approval of new medical marijuana businesses, which include dispensaries, commercial grow operations and infused product manufacturers. Councilors Bill Murray, Jill...
Marijuana advocates are working with members of Colorado Springs City Council to craft an ordinance that could remove cannabis clubs from their current legal limbo. Colorado Springs’ two cannabis social consumption clubs allow users to bring in pot and consume it on the premises. The council in 2016 required club...
National reports of the demise of pre-employment marijuana drug screening may not hold true locally, drug testers say, citing an uptick in business. “I’ve actually had more business since legalization,” said Chuck Marting, owner of Colorado Mobile Drug Testing. “What’s happening now is you have employers who have employees that...
Bathing in taxes collected from marijuana sales, Pueblo County expects to put some of those dollars to work on public infrastructure projects, as well as to fund the world’s first college scholarship program created from marijuana taxes. So far this year, Pueblo County has collected $729,000 in taxes from all...
  The Colorado Springs medical marijuana task force will present its recommended restrictions for zoning and home grows to City Council on March 21 — and the task force plans one more meeting March 14 to discuss further changes to the city’s medical marijuana regulations. After the initial presentation, City Council...
Emerald Fields, a recreational marijuana dispensary in Glendale near Denver, plans to open its second location in Manitou Springs by the end of this month. The company will be El Paso County’s second retail pot shop when it opens the store on Manitou Avenue — just down the road from...
Marc Snyder slowly, and reluctantly, changed his mind about retail marijuana stores. He was mayor of Manitou Springs when Colorado voters passed Amendment 64 in 2012, which legalized retail marijuana in the state. “I had some reservations,” Snyder said prior to participating in a panel discussion entitled “The Social and...
Attorney and Colorado Springs marijuana task force member Charles Houghton offered his assessment of the group’s progress at its Feb. 19 meeting. “Can our report say we need more time?” Houghton asked. The City Council charged the group in November with making recommendations regarding medical marijuana industry regulations. The group’s authority...